AccountingWEB Software Awards: 2021’s top products
Over the years, AccountingWEB’s annual software awards have become synonymous with customer satisfaction because they are determined by and voted for by the people who use the products in their day-to-day working lives.
While lockdowns disrupted the planned announcements in 2021, users continued to vote for their favourites in 10 different categories over the course of the year. More than 7,500 votes have been compiled.
Pegasus software were finalists in the Accounting/ERP and Payroll categories. After votes have been counted we are pleased to announce that Pegasus have been awarded runner up position in both these categories.
Enterprise Accounting/ERPTop product: iplicit
Runners-up: Pegasus, AccountsIQ, Xledger, Greentree, Sage, Oracle NetSuite
PayrollTop product: BrightPay
Runners-up: FreeAgent Payroll, The Payroll Site, Moneysoft, Pegasus, Sage 50cloud Payroll
Every growing business will inevitably face challenges when it comes to choosing the right software. In many cases, investment in solutions that can bring together different areas of the organisation can take a back seat whilst short-term goals are managed. This leaves many businesses running separate systems for various departmental functions such as payroll, CRM, reporting, supply chain and cashflow management. Phrases like “if it works, why change it?” and “it’s too much work to switch” may sound all too familiar, but the truth is your business might not be running as efficiently as it could be. In this blog post we are going to look at some of the benefits of integrating different areas of your business.
1. Greater productivity
No matter how motivated your employees are, if they’re bogged down using several different systems and out-of-date processes, everyday tasks are likely to take twice as long as they need to, as is the case when employees have to spend hours inputting data from one system to another manually. With a fully integrated solution, data could simply be pulled across spreadsheets electronically, saving time and reducing the risk of errors.
2. Better visibility
When information is stored across overlapping systems it can become difficult and time-consuming to extract it which can lead to delayed decision-making or, even worse, guesswork. With a unified system you can access real-time information from any area of the organisation at the click of a button, to help make timely, pro-active decisions – today, not tomorrow.
3. Fuel for growth
A tangle of standalone, mismatched systems that don’t speak to each other will almost certainly hinder your business growth. To drive growth, it is essential that your business has a system that works with the business, not against it.
4. Flexible working
Most integrated solutions are compatible with cloud technology, giving you the freedom and flexibility to manage your business from anywhere, at any time, 24/7.
5. IT savings
Your IT department no longer has to install and maintain several disparate systems; they now only have one key system to manage.
6. Adaptable to change
The last thing a growing business needs is to be hindered by rigid software. A good integrated solution will grow with your business by giving you the option of adding applications and users as and when you need.
More and more businesses are transforming the way they operate by moving to a unified approach, but many are still hindering growth and productivity by using separate departmental systems. You’d be surprised how quick and easy it is to integrate your business functions using one solution. Take a look at how Opera 3 could work for you, and get in touch to speak to one of our accredited Business Partners who would be with you every step of the way
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Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common, with some very high profile cases hitting the news recently proving that almost any organisation large or small is at risk. In fact, research by Symantec found that 75% of businesses have suffered some form of cyber-attack in the past year. When you’ve got highly sensitive business data locked away, the consequences of it falling into the wrong hands or becoming inaccessible can be dire. Let’s look at some of the key steps every business should be taking to protect themselves from cyber-crime and viruses.